Campus & Community

Record-Setting Class of 2026 Begins Fall Semester

Fall 2022 first-year students make up the most academically talented class in Stevens history

Students releasing biodegradable balloons on the Babbio patio with the New York City skyline in the background.
Fall 2022 first-year students at SOAR, the final event of new student orientation, during which students write down their hopes for their time at Stevens and send them off in biodegradable balloons.

The women’s volleyball team was a draw for first-year students Gabbi Roberts and Mallory Eder, who had their first practice with the Ducks on Aug. 20. Roberts, who is from Idaho and studying social science, and Eder, who is from New York and studying environmental engineering, couldn’t be happier.

“I love the volleyball team and the location. And I love the closeness of Hoboken and everything on Washington Street,” Roberts said. Eder agrees.

“The location really drew me to Stevens. And they have a great program for what I want to study, so I’m really happy to be here,” she said.

As part of the 2022 incoming class, Roberts and Eder join a first-year cohort that is once again setting university records. With more than 12,500 applications — the most in Stevens history and a 10% jump from last year’s record-setting number — the incoming class is 1,074-strong, helping establish two Stevens records: undergraduate enrollment of about 4,100 students and a total enrollment of about 9,200 students.

First-year students at a Stevens welcome event
First-year students attend the Welcome to the Flock event on Aug. 27

Representing 35 states, from Connecticut to California, and 18 countries, including Bulgaria, Italy, Norway, Trinidad and Tobago and the United Kingdom, approximately 37% of Fall 2022 first-year students are women, up from 33% the previous fall. Nineteen percent of enrolled first-years come from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds and almost 20% of the class identifies as first-generation college students. Forty-eight students participated in the Summer Bridge Program administered through the Stevens ACES (Accessing Careers in Engineering and Science) program.

Eleven students of the incoming class also arrived through [email protected], an admissions pathway for individuals who excel at project-driven, hands-on learning. These students will begin participating in the four-year coaching program focused on nurturing innovation and entrepreneurship.

This incoming class is also the most academically distinguished class in Stevens’ history with an average SAT score of 1441. The Lawrence T. Babbio '66 Pinnacle Scholars Program welcomed 120 students, while 10 students entered through the A. James Clark Scholars Program.

Fall 2022 graduate applications and admissions also set university records, said Dina Iskaros, Stevens' director of graduate admissions. As of Aug. 30, grad admissions had received 14,888 applications, a 24% increase from last year, and enrolled 2,012 new graduate students. Combined with returning students, Stevens boasts a total graduate population of about 5,100 students, a 20% increase from last year.

And while the demographics of the class are impressive, it’s the individuals and their journeys at Castle Point and beyond that truly matter. First-year student Aliya Aqeel initially wanted to attend a big school with a major sports program but after reviewing her offers and visiting campus, the Paramus, New Jersey, native decided to continue her education at Stevens, studying business and growing as an individual.  

“I know Stevens is the right place for me.”